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Awards and recognition

Governor's Volunteer Service Awards

Serve Washington believes that national service, volunteerism, and civic engagement are the foundation for caring communities and a thriving Washington.  We know that each year Washingtonians invest in our state through the contribution of their time as volunteers, as national service members and as members of volunteer groups. Serve Washington provides volunteer recognition for exceptional volunteers in the following ways.

The Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards recognizes Washington’s volunteers for the service contributions they make to organizations and communities across our state in the past calendar year.  

Individuals are identified for this honor through a statewide nomination process and selected by a panel of Serve Washington Commissioners based off of the nominee’s outstanding commitment to volunteerism, accomplishments and the impact of their service on the community.

2020 Honorees

A Message from Gov. Jay Inslee


2020 Nomination Process


Read about past recipients:

Honoree Riann Wishon with Gov. Jay Inslee and First Lady Trudi Inslee











Salute to Volunteers Night at the Seattle Mariners

Volunteer recognition is an important component of any volunteer program. To highlight the role of volunteerism in our communities Serve Washington also partners with the Seattle Mariners to host a Salute to Volunteers night at T-Mobile Park where Governor’s Volunteer Service Award recipients are recognized on the field. Is your organization looking for a new way to recognize your volunteers and raise awareness of the volunteer opportunities you offer? Group tickets for 20 or more receive on-field screen recognition.

  • 2020 CANCELLED due to COVID-19